This is a short guide on how to go about renting a motorbike in Danang. Keep in mind that things change with time, places or prices listed here were true at the time of writing.
Should you rent a motorbike in Danang?
Don’t take this question too lightly. If you are not an experienced rider and want to ride around just for fun then be very careful. Exhaust pipe burns, scraped skin and hospital visits are not fun.
Yes, the traffic in Danang is not as busy as in Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi but riding here is still a challenge. It is even more challenging when it is wet, windy or when the roads are extra busy during national holidays.
The cost of motorbike taxis or even regular taxis are quite cheap so maybe you are better off letting someone else do the driving.
In the event of an accident your insurance may not cover you unless you are licensed to ride in Vietnam, some insurance companies consider motorbike riding an adventure sport and don’t cover it.
How to rent a motorbike in Danang?
When you rent a bike in Danang you will need to provide your passport or for longer term rentals a copy of your passport. Most rental places will accept payment when you return the bike after your ride.
In most cases the rental place will not provide you with any paperwork, no contract / agreement and no registration for the bike. This could be a problem if you are stopped by the police which is very unlikely unless you have an accident.
Also note that most places will not ask for a driving licence, most foreigners in Vietnam are unlicensed but this is changing as getting a license is getting easier. If you plan to be here for more than a few months, get a licence.
Where to rent a motorbike from in Danang?
Most hotels and guesthouses provide motorbike rental services to their guests or anyone who walks in the door. Be aware that the majority of rental bikes available are not well looked after.
I recommend test riding your bike before agreeing to rent it. Pay close attention to the brakes and the tyres as the are the two things that you need the most when trying to avoid an accident.
InDanang.com strongly recommends renting your bike from a reliable bike rental service. Rent-A-Bike Danang specialises in providing rental bikes to foreigners both short and long term. Check out their website: www.rentabikedanang.com
How to ride a motorbike in Danang?
Carefully! Regardless of how experienced you are, riding in Vietnam takes a bit of getting used to. Use some common sense and learn how the locals use the road.
Always wear a helmet, not just for safety but also because it is the law and because it gives a bad impression of foreigners if you ride without a helmet.
Drive slowly. Things come out of nowhere so the slower you go the more likely you are to avoid kids playing in the street, buffaloes wandering along country roads or grandpa turning left from the right lane. Take your time and enjoy the experience.
Where to ride a motorbike in Danang?
Danang is a great place to ride around, the city streets are not too busy and it is easy to get out of the city for some nice scenic day trips.
Marble Mountain and Hoi An: Marble Mountain is just 10 kilometres south of Danang and then Hoi An is a further 20 kms. There are 2 roads to Hoi An so you can do a loop and avoid riding the same route twice.
Son Tra and Linh Ung Pagoda: Simply go north along the beach road and follow it as far as you can, this is a very scenic route. Stop off at the pagoda for some photos and then find a seafood place on the water for lunch.
Hai Van Pass and Lang Co: This is a spectacular ride that has been made safer now that trucks and busses take the tunnel. Have a coffee at the top of the pass and then enjoy very good seafood at the lagoon in Lang Co.
Ba Na Hills: Head west out of Danang and follow the clearly marked signs for Ba Na. Ride along country roads or take the cable car to the top of the mountain.
Rent A Bike Danang
04 An Thuong 16, Da Nang, Vietnam (new address)
Hotline: 090 439 2423 Thu (Vietnamese & English).
Open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. (closed for lunch from noon to 2pm)